MINNEAPOLIS — Steve Wenzel served nearly three decades in the Minnesota Legislature as a Democrat, inspired by party icons like former President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.But this week he is supporting President Donald Trump as a delegate to the virtual Republican National Convention. Wenzel, a politics professor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, said the Democratic Party has “drifted leftward to the point where I can’t even recognize it.”The Little Falls resident also participated in the 2016 Republican convention but headed into that gathering wary of Trump. He p...
James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley, had been under surveillance by law enforcement prior to their disappearance on Friday, according to Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald.
McDonald told MSNBC on Friday evening that she still did not know where the Crumbleys are.
"The attorney for the defendants is in contact with the sheriff’s office, and they have been told that they intend to turn themselves in," McDonald said. "However, we announced charges at noon today, it is now almost six hours later, and they have yet to do so."
The Crumbleys are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the mass shooting by their 15-year-old son, Ethan, at Oxford High School. The U.S. Marshals are now assisting in the search for them.
Asked about reports that Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard learned about the charges against the Crumbleys from the media, McDonald said her office has been in "constant communication" with Bouchard's since the day of the shooting.
"I have announced on several occasions since Tuesday about my intention that we were considering charges," McDonald said. "Our office charging the parents was the world's worst secret. But we have been in touch with them (the sheriff's department), and actually they have surveilled them. I'm not sure what exactly happened, but I fully expect them to turn themselves in. If not, I think they will be apprehended."
McDonald went on to explain in detail why her office brought charges against the Crumbleys.
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Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, is once again facing scrutiny for her support of Donald Trump's nominees to the Supreme Court in light of this week's oral arguments in case that threatens the constitutional protection of abortion.
Promoting the bill she co-authored with Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, which had just passed into law by President Biden this week, Collins was slammed by critics.
"The U.S. has an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate w/ stark racial disparities, and this crisis impacts women veterans as well." she wrote on Twitter, "A bill Sen. Duckworth and I authored in the Senate aims to change this. Today, President Biden signed it into law, which will improve veterans' maternal care."
The U.S. has an unacceptably high maternal mortality rate w/ stark racial disparities, & this crisis impacts women veterans as well. A bill @SenDuckworth & I authored in the Senate aims to change this. Today, @POTUS signed it into law, which will improve veterans' maternal care.pic.twitter.com/Xkx8BItgmJ— Sen. Susan Collins (@Sen. Susan Collins) 1638297798
Instead of praise, Collins was flooded with mention of her past support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
"You picked a bad day to express your "concern" about women and maternal mortality," one user responded, "Your "concern" appears it will lead to increases in maternal mortality in Mississippi."
Collins previously said that she did not believe Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade, as she said he considered the matter to be "settled law." Asked on Thursday whether or not she believed that Kavanagh still sees Roe as settled law following his line of questioning during this week's oral arguments in a case about Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, Collins demurred and simply said, "I think we all need to wait and see what the final decision is."
After Judge Kavanaugh had expressed support for a similarly restrictive anti-abortion law in Louisiana, Collins told CNN that Kavanaugh had assured her during his confirmation process that the landmark opinion was safe.
"He said under oath many times, as well as to me personally many times, that he considers Roe to be 'precedent upon precedent,' because it had been reaffirmed in the Casey v. Planned Parenthood case." she said.
When that law was struck down by the court, with Kavanaugh in the minority supporting it being upheld, Senator Collins again said that his vote was "no indication in his dissenting opinion that he supports overturning Roe."
If Mississippi's abortion restrictions are upheld by the Supreme Court, it seems clear that abortion will become a state issue once again. Mississippi currently has only one licensed abortion facility in the state, leaving that healthcare access inaccessible to thousands of women.
Jeffrey Clark, the former Trump Department of Justice official who tried to get the DOJ involved in the former president's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, has postponed his scheduled testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots.
Via Politico's Kyle Cheney, the committee released a statement late on Friday say that Clark informed them of a "medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow's meeting and he has provided ample evidence of this claim."
Because of this, the committee has agreed to postpone Clark's deposition until December 16th.
Earlier this week, the committee voted unanimously to recommend criminal contempt charges against Clark after he met with them and refused to answer any questions about his actions leading up to the January 6th Capitol riots.
Clark became the second Trump ally whom the committee has voted to be held in criminal contempt, as it voted to support charges against now-indicted longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon earlier this year.
The matter will now be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote. Presuming that vote succeeds, the recomendation of charges will be referred to the Department of Justice, which will then decide whether to pursue charges against Clark.